By the final full year of the war, American grunts were a rarity in the field. The last of them would die by enemy action in early June. For light wepons infantrymen and their constant companions – mortarmen, combat medics, armor recon and crewmen, artillery forward observers and their field radio operators – it was a lonely end. It was the same for a handful of Special Forces advisers. Three task forces would close out GI ground operations.